The liver plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, including filtering toxins, metabolizing nutrients, and producing bile for digestion. With advancing age, the liver may become more susceptible to certain diseases and undergo age-related changes that can impact its function.
All About Liver Disease
Here are some common liver diseases seen in seniors:
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): This condition occurs when excess fat accumulates in the liver, leading to inflammation and liver damage. NAFLD is often associated with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, which are more prevalent in older adults.
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD): Excessive alcohol consumption over a long period can cause liver damage. Seniors who continue to drink heavily or have a history of heavy alcohol use may be at risk for ALD.
Viral hepatitis: Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are viral infections that can cause inflammation and damage to the liver. These infections can be acquired earlier in